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labour tab


The Labour tab will open the actual Labour grid for that job. This is the area where users record and accumulate the actual time they spend to complete each job. The accumulated total of all labour hours appears on the Labour tab beside the icon, as in the above image.



It's important to realise the difference between actual and billable labour on any job. Actual labour (actual time spent by users) can be added to any job at any time. The amount of time added to the job Labour grid is not automatically billed to the customer. Actual labour is used to track real time spent. For example, if a new service is introduced by your company, users who make a contribution to that service should enter their actual time taken to complete each process. As a result, the company can determine the billable labour charges on the new service to a greater degree of accuracy.


Actual labour can also be used to produce accurate productivity figures showing individual or overall productivity gains or losses. If productivity is a key business indicator for your company, users should be encouraged to use the actual Labour grid.


Labour screen


The fields within the Labour grid are described below:





The time/date labour was added.


The initials of the user who added the labour.

Start Date

The date and time the labour starts.

End Date

The date and time the labour ends.

Labour Init

The initials of the person who actually performed the labour.

Labour Type

The user must select the type of labour that is being performed on this job. Selections can be made via the drop-down list beside this field.


You can enter more specific information about what labour was performed.

Paused Time

This shows time not included, ie. lunch, coffee break, etc.


The actual hours and minutes of the labour that was performed on that job. The minimum time entered must be greater or equal to what you have set in Tools > Options > General > Labour.


Jim2 will automatically work out the value of the actual hours and minutes. This will aid the user when they want to work out billable hours for that job.


Actual dollar amount that labour is charged at.



Labour of any sort can be defined as stock. Examples include administrative labour, onsite labour, etc. Your productivity monitoring and measurement should include actual versus billable labour records. If you have purchased the Scheduling feature as part of your Jim2 licence, you can create a new job directly from the Schedule.


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